Martin Seligman defines Positive Education as “education for both traditional skills and for happiness.”
(Martin E. P. Seligman, Randal M. Ernst, Jane Gillham, Karen Reivich, Mark Linkins, Positive education: positive psychology and classroom interventions. Oxford Review of Education, Vol. 35(No. 3 ), 2009, June pp. 293–311).
He also states that “Positive Education brings together the science of positive psychology with best practice teaching to encourage and support schools and individuals within their communities to flourish.” (Flourishing, 2011).
The synergy between learning and positive emotion has been well-known to pedagogy and educational psychology.
The innovative aspect of positive psychology as applied to education is that substantial evidence from well controlled scientific studieshas been obtained about the specific effects of positive emotions on learning.
As Martin Seligman emphasizes: “it is an empirical research endeavour and not mere grandmotherly common sense.”